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Plays & Poets Series - Actors Playing Their Parts

Release Date: 10/05/2004 
Label:  Pearl   Catalog #: 0192  
Composer:  Various
Performer:  Sir Laurence OlivierJohn GielgudSir Alec Guinness
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The number of actors 'playing their parts' in the earlier and middle parts of the 20th century is really pretty small. Some recordings are very rare; some are masterpieces of the art, others perhaps show the difference between genius and less than that. All the recordings on this CD have much interest, some because of the actors and the parts they play - and the comparison between the treatments given to the same speeches by three indisputably great actors cannot but be fascinating - others because of their rarity or their illustration of the theatrical styles and pleasures of their time. And one recording at least is a desert island classic. In Shakespeare, Sybil Thorndyke and Lewis Casson, Laurence Olivier, Stanley Holloway, John Gielgud, Read more Alec Guinness, Pamela Brown; in Oscar Wilde, Edith Evans and John Gielgud; in Somerset Maugham, Constance Collier and Ronald Squire. Other artists include Ivor Novello, Edna Best, Fay Compton, Gordon Harker, George Baker, Dinah Sheridan, Jean Forbes-Robertson and Charles Laughton. A new release in Pearl's Plays & Poets series. Read less

Works on This Recording

Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Sir Laurence Olivier (Spoken Vocals), John Gielgud (Spoken Vocals), Sir Alec Guinness (Spoken Vocals)

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